Police are optimistic that investigation into the May 2016 Five Corners arson will reach a resolution by year’s end. (File photo)

‘Resolution’ to investigation of Five Corners arson close: White Rock police

Fire swept through the White Rock neighbourhood at around 5 a.m. on May 15, 2016

More than four years after a fire devastated White Rock’s Five Corners neighbourhood, police are optimistic that their investigation into the arson is close to bearing fruit.

“The investigation is actively continuing and we are expecting a resolution by the end of this year,” Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls told Peace Arch News this month.

The fire swept through the area at around 5 a.m. on May 15, 2016, leaving nearly 100 residents of the Ocean Ridge condominium complex (located at 15210 Pacific Ave.) homeless and a dozen businesses grappling with devastating damage.

It also wreaked havoc on the under-construction Allure condominium, as well as the nearby Star of the Sea Hall.

READ MORE: Evacuees amass at Centennial Arena as fire crews tackle Five Corners blaze

READ MORE: White Rock fire deliberately set: police

Police announced 10 days later that investigation had determined the blaze had been intentionally set, and that it was started in the Allure project, located immediately south of the four-storey Ocean Ridge.

Police have described the case as a “complex” one, and said “thousands” of hours have been invested in the effort to identify the person or persons responsible.

To date, no arrests have been announced.



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

fireRCMPwhite rock

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson will seek reelection

The BC provincial election takes place Oct. 24

Tight race for Maple Ridge-Mission during last election

Liberals, Greens have yet to pick their candidates for Oct. 24

60 middle school students in one Abbotsford classroom? It’s true, stunned parent is told

Parent says she was in disbelief when her son told her he was in a class with 60 other kids

COVID-19 testing lineup wraps around block in Chilliwack

Testing lineup includes seniors, children and their parents as demand seems to surge

COVID-19: 4 more deaths, 366 new cases in B.C. since Friday

A total of 8,208 people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19 since January

Group wants Parliament, courts to hold social media to same standard as publishers

Daniel Bernhard made the comments shortly after Friends of Canadian Broadcasting released a research paper

Former worker at Surrey brewery claims he was bullied on the job

Human rights complaint to be heard against Surrey’s Central City Brewers and Distillers Ltd.

B.C.’s Chase Claypool catches first NFL touchdown pass

Abbotsford grad establishes new record for longest scrimmage TD by a Canadian

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. unveils new cannabis sales programs to help small, Indigenous growers

Government did not say how it will define small producers, but says nurseries will be included in the policy

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Most Read